FEB 27 - 29, 2024 | Las Vegas, NV
FEB 27 - 29, 2024
LAS VEGAS, NV

IBS 2024 Scholarship Recipients

Twenty future industry leaders received a scholarship to attend the 2024 NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) as part of our IBS Scholarship Program for NAHB members between the ages of 21-35.

Meet our incredible recipients!

Jon Beer
Jon Beer
Age: 35

New York State Builders Association

Jon Beer Contracting 

Jon Beer is the owner and operator of Jon Beer Contracting, a Newburgh NY-based design-build construction company. With a unique background as a fine artist, Jon made a transition to carpentry, merging his artistic sensibilities with his passion for building.   

His diverse experience enables him to bring a creative and meticulous approach to every project. His company is a tight knit six-person team that focuses on renovation, additions and new construction with an emphasis on value, durability, efficiency and design.   

As a firm believer in the value of construction education, Jon actively promotes continuous learning and professional growth within his company and the wider industry. Construction outlets have featured his insights to share his knowledge and hopes to inspire positive change within the construction industry.   

Jon is the builder of the Fine Homebuilding House for 2023.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

I think for me it’s twofold: getting to improve, design, and create impactful spaces for our clients and learning and improving the residential construction industry. Connecting with other builders and industry partners and learning about how to improve makes us all better and improves the industry. I think also developing connections with our team and community is very rewarding as well.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

I’d like to understand what others are doing in regards to employee retention, training, and adding structure to the residential construction world. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” - Albert Einstein 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

Painting in my studio, traveling the world, cooking.

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

The Expanse

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

Blindsight and Echopraxia by Peter Watts                   

Unexplainable and Radiolab podcasts

Elizabeth Boone
Elizabeth Boone
Age: 25

Building Industry Association of Lancaster

Myer Hill Consulting 

Elizabeth Boone is the first and only employee at Myer Hill Consulting, an engineering consulting firm based in Lancaster PA. Her father started the business several years ago. Elizabeth joined the company after college and a hiatus as a farmer.    

As a structural designer, Elizabeth is responsible for designing and drafting rough outlines for every project that comes to the company. This initial phase includes gathering information from the client regarding their needs, researching code to assume proper design standards, brainstorming a framing layout, designing critical members and sketching plans in AutoCAD. She works closely with the engineer and owner to take the project from a draft to final sealed drawings.    

The company provides structural solutions for clients in multiple states in projects that vary in scope, materials and usage. Whether problem-solving a singular area in a small residential project or designing and drafting full structural drawings for commercial buildings, Elizabeth plays a critical role on the team.     


Elizabeth is pursuing her civil engineering degree online at the University of North Dakota. This degree and future licensure will be an asset to the company as they continually grow and expand their portfolio of clients and projects.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

At a consulting firm, we typically get involved when problems arise and it’s inspiring to see everyone working together to get it solved. We brainstorm in the office, analyze options, bounce them off the client to assess their feasibility and go around in that cycle until that problem is solved. The problem-solving process we go through keeps inspiring me to solve more problems every day! 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

I am not well connected in the industry and have limited knowledge to construction methods. I hope to begin my career networking on this trip and to learn more about the industry because engineering can be very “heady” and neglect the physical feasibility of what we design. It’s important to know more about the buildings I am designing and meet those people who can teach me about that. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

“The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” - Wendell Berry 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

Outside of work, I’m always on the go…whether that’s hiking/biking/new or old hobby. There is just a long list of things I am always working on.

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

I Love Lucy

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkein

Frank Caccavale
Frank Caccavale
Age: 30

Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey

Roxbury High School 

Frank Caccavale teaches and leads the Structural Design and Fabrication program at Roxbury High School in New Jersey. Student exposure to home building is through a modular home they build in the school parking lot, which then moves to a site in the community for a selected family. The students complete this project in partnership with Morris Habitat for Humanity.  

In addition to this educational experience, Frank is the advisor for a student chapter of NAHB and KBA, the first and only student chapter of these organizations in New Jersey. NAHB recognized Frank with the Outstanding Educator award last year. He is an active Metropolitan Builders and Contractors Association of NJ member.  

Frank’s interest in building began as a child, spending afternoons working with his grandpa, a retired carpenter, in his woodshop. Now, Frank has made a career around teaching young people to work with their hands like his grandfather did for him.  

Frank is an Eagle Scout and volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoys attending country music concerts and traveling with his wife, Marissa. 

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT'S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Working with our students day to day and having a front row seat to watch them grow in their technical skills and as people. There’s nothing more exciting for me then when an alumni has something positive happen in their life like getting a new job, completing a big project, getting married, and more and I’m someone they want to contact and tell the good news to. 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

As a career teacher, I feel like I have so much to learn now coming into the home building side of things in order to best help my students. I look forward to attending the premiere.

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Dream. Try. Do Good.” - Mr. Feeney (Boy Meets World)

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

I am a country music fanatic and you’ll often hear country music be played in my home, car, classroom, or anywhere else I am. As a firm believer that 90’s country is the best era of country music ever, I am a big fan of the greats of that time like George Strait, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Diamond Rio! 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

The Andy Griffith Show, I even have a collection of memorabilia related to the show! 

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

My Wednesdays are not complete until I’ve heard the latest episode of The Nateland Podcast! 

“Hello Folks and Hey Bear!”  

Jessica Casebolt
Jessica Casebolt
Age: 30

Home Builders Association of Owensboro

Oddball Creative Agency 

Jessica Casebolt is the Director of Operations at Oddball Creative, a website design and marketing agency in Owensboro KY. Their career started as a spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Kentucky Proud program, followed by internships for the American Heart Association and the Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis.    

They also brought historic new membership numbers in their role at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce before moving over to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce membership division. 

After relocating to Owensboro KY, Jessica began work as a Community Engagement Specialist for Thrivent Financial. At the height of the COVID pandemic, the corporate consolidation of Thrivent ultimately provided the opportunity to join the local start-up company Oddball Creative. Jessica supports businesses and nonprofits in their marketing, advertising and digital strategies so they grow, thrive and achieve their goals.  

Through strategic efficiency and management interventions, they course-corrected a history of financial losses to profitable solvency and established a unique market and value proposition for Oddball.   

Jessica actively volunteers and contributes to the Homebuilders Association of Owensboro. They hold International Economics and Globalization and International Affairs degrees from Eastern Kentucky University.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT'S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

At Oddball, we work predominantly with small to medium sized businesses. Our clients are, in so many ways, the lifeblood of their communities. From employment opportunities, to the unique products and services they offer, to sponsoring little league teams and highway cleanups, they're crucial to the fabric of our lives. 

This technological age has created significant challenges for these businesses. When Prime shipping, YouTube DIY tutorials, and similar alternatives are ubiquitous, it can be overwhelming to approach online spaces let alone try to compete in them. 

That's where we come in! It's inspiring and exceptionally fulfilling to bring our skills and expertise in web design and development, branding and graphic design, marketing and advertising strategy, and digital advertising to our clients so that these challenges become opportunities, and eventually even strengths.

Everyone loves an underdog story, but leveling the playing field for our clients, I believe, is enormously consequential and meaningful for the thousands of employees, customers, community organizations, and even to the reinvestment of tax revenue state and local governments can utilize to continue to build and strengthen our communities.   

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

I intend to approach this experience with as much openness and eagerness as possible. I know I have a tremendous amount to learn about the industry, the innovation and problem solving happening, the unique needs and challenges facing NAHB members. I know I run the risk of information overload, but I am looking forward to challenging myself and my current understanding by diving into IBS head first! 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

I have been blessed with several great mentors, friends, and a very supportive family, and the wisdom they've shared with me is foundational to who I am. I am endlessly thankful. Highlighting the best piece of advice I've been given, though, means going to a special rest point on my favorite hiking trail. It's a small corner of the world with towering trees and loads of sunlight. It feels like it exists outside the bounds of time. It is so peaceful and a picture of rest and simplicity. It whispers its advice to me:  to remember that each unique moment is temporary and precious, every living thing is valuable, and as much as we try to build all these structures and systems to keep us safe or facilitate our own advancement, it's so important to step away into this essential goodness.  

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

I think I've got to hold some kind of record for audiobook time. (2022 was my record year; between hardcopy and audiobooks, I read 125 books! It looks like 2023 is tracking toward those same numbers again!) There's plenty of fiction in there, but I really burn through a lot of history, science and technology, psychology, and political content. I make sure to sprinkle in some classics, too. 

 When I can pull myself away from books, I'm always trying to get to a good concert (most recently I've been able to see Billy Joel, Stevie Nicks, and George Clinton! Mind blowing.) I'm a big fan of craft beer (Belgians and sours topping that list), and my pup (Addy) and three little brother cats (Kevin, Jack, and Bart) are wonderfully chaotic and precious.  

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

Little Miss Sunshine. A dysfunctional family supports Olive, a quirky and super lovable kid, in her dream to compete in the finals of a beauty pageant. I love this movie for how unexpected and funny it is all along the way, but it's also a really interesting satiric commentary on beauty standards, family values, and our conception of and expectations around success.

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

This is an impossible question. Ok, if I have to pick one, the book that really made an impact on me lately (which I'm using as a proxy metric for 'favorite') is Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. Most people recognize Andy Weir from The Martian (which was adapted into a movie with Matt Damon), but Project Hail Mary is a science fiction novel that follows a former molecular biologist and researcher turned middle school teacher who finds himself at the center of the global effort to reverse an extension-level threat coming 12 light-years from Earth. Andy Weir builds worlds and characters like no one else.  

Vitoria Dante
Vitoria Dante
Age: 25

Home Builders Association of Metro Denver

Colten Mortgage 

Vitoria Dante is a dynamic and forward-thinking professional with a passion for innovation. She is the Builder Accounts Specialist for Colten Mortgage, located in Colorado. Vitoria has a Master’s in Tourism Management and has used that discipline to hone her skills in the housing industry.   

She is responsible for building the Colten team’s relationships with home builders nationwide, designing marketing material, managing social media and data analytics.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

The most inspiring part of my job is creating strong relationships with homebuilders across the country and being a part of giving people the ability to purchase their dream home.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

I would love to get a deeper understanding of the homebuilding industry from ALL perspectives, not just from the lending aspect. I am only 2.5 years into this industry, so I have a lot to learn but IBS will be the perfect opportunity for me to absorb it all like a sponge and use the knowledge I gain for the future.  

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” - Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo 

This quote has gotten me through so many moments where I was on the cusp of experiencing something great but didn’t realize it because it was hidden behind fear/risk. However, every time I took the 20 seconds to be brave, it worked in God’s plan for me 100% of the time in the best ways!  

WHAT DO YOU EnJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

I love anything and everything travel and tourism! I have been to 38 countries and 4 continents so far with a goal of hitting all 7 continents. Although I love to hop on a plane and explore somewhere new, I have learned to really enjoy the state I live in and explore it as much as I can.  

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

Mamma Mia (Who doesn’t love ABBA and Greece?!)

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

WHOA That’s Good Podcast by Sadie Rob Huff

Daytrieon Dean
Daytrieon Dean
Age: 25

Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee

South West Acquisitions 

Daytrieon Dean is a member of the NAHB Middle Tennessee chapter. His passion for land development and dedication to affordable housing drives his involvement in the real estate community in Middle Tennessee.  

As a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and active participant in various subcommittees, including Capital Markets, Affordable Housing, and Civic Membership, Daytrieon brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organization. He understands the complexities of the real estate market and is committed to finding innovative solutions to address pressing issues.  

As the Senior Land Acquisitions Specialist of South West, Daytrieon oversees the acquisition of hundreds of lots each week. This role places him at the forefront of land development, where he works tirelessly to identify opportunities, assess viability and bring projects to fruition.  

One of his proudest achievements includes participating in the Amazon Equity Fund initiative, which aimed to create 20,000 affordable housing units within five years. Daytrieon played a pivotal role in this transformative project, demonstrating his commitment to providing quality housing options in the Middle Tennessee area.  

He enjoys reading, outdoor activities and watching football.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

The most inspiring part of my job is being involved in the world of land development and real estate. I find it incredibly motivating to be a part of creating communities and homes for people. Knowing that I contribute to shaping the built environment and making housing accessible and affordable for others is truly fulfilling. 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

At IBS, I'm eager to tackle the challenges related to land acquisition and development cost optimization. I'm also interested in exploring creative strategies to increase housing inventory and address affordability issues. These are crucial issues in the real estate and homebuilding industry, and I believe finding innovative solutions will be both challenging and rewarding. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

One of the best pieces of advice I've ever received is, "Don't feel sorry for yourself and push through tough times," which was shared with me by Ben Hebbert. It reminds me to stay resilient and persistent in the face of adversity, which is particularly important in the real estate and development field. 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

When I'm not working, I love to read books. Some of my favorite reads include the Harry Potter series and books on land development. I'm also passionate about watching football and spending time outdoors, appreciating nature and relaxation. 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

My all-time favorite movie series is undoubtedly the Harry Potter series. The magical world and captivating storytelling never fail to enchant me.

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

My favorite podcast is "BiggerPockets," which discusses real estate in general. It's hosted by Brandon Turner and David Greene. I find their insights and discussions on real estate investment and development to be incredibly informative and valuable. One of my favorite books is "Arbitrary Lines," which delves into the history of zoning in America, shedding light on the past and its impact on land development. 

Josh Gibbons
Josh Gibbons
Age: 33

Building Industry Association of Philadelphia

CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC 

Josh Gibbons is a mortgage loan officer for Cross Country Mortgage in Philadelphia PA. After moving from a small town in Iowa to a big city, one of the first networking groups Josh joined was the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Philadelphia.  

Growing up in real estate, it was immediately clear to Josh this would be a great fit. His membership offered a huge opportunity to get involved in the industry.   

Josh developed the young professionals of the BIA of Philadelphia. What started out as a few casual happy hours blossomed into 200-person happy hours, developer tours, educational events and biweekly podcasts.   

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Helping people achieve their dreams through home ownership.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

I want to learn how others spread the good works of builders and how others are doing networking events. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. - Tim Ferris

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

Going to food festivals, sporting events, national parks, and traveling around the world!

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

Inception

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

The Builder Show - Josh Gibbons and Andrew Yeager

Andrew Grant
Andrew Grant
Age: 34

North State Building Industry Association

KB Homes

Andrew Grant has been in the home building industry since high school, beginning as a summer-time assistant to a job site superintendent in Aurora, Colorado. Years later, after completing a law degree at UCLA, Andrew returned to the industry just before the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent new home boom.    

Over the past five years, he has worn many hats (often all at once) including land acquisitioner, market researcher, forward planner and production manager. Andrew enjoys working directly with construction teams and city and county officials, consultants and the community, to build high-quality, new homes with a focus on first-time homebuyers.    

Andrew is a member of the 2023 BIA BUILD group with his local North State BIA, which brings together young professionals from across the industry for monthly educational seminars, leadership workshops and networking events with the goal of fundraising and completing an improvement project for a local charity.  

For fun, Andrew plays guitar, collects telephone insulators and restores typewriters, sewing machines and antique tools from the early 1800s to the 1960s.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

The best part of my job was seeing my twin brother move his family into a home I built! 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

 I want to see the industry attract the next generation of young people.  It’s a great industry to work in, but we need to get the word out about it. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

 “There are no stupid questions.”  Ms. V. at Scottsdale Community College 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

I play guitar, and restore antique typewriters, sewing machines and woodworking tools. 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

Blade Runner (1982)

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

Dreams of Glass by Fred Padgett 

Amanda Holman
Amanda Holman
Age: 34

Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville

Movement Mortgage 

Amanda Holman is a loan officer for Movement Mortgage in Knoxville TN. Amanda started in the mortgage industry seven years ago as a Loan Officer Assistant (LOA). It didn't take long for her to realize that helping families achieve homeownership was where her talents and passion met. For the past three years, she’s been originating loans as a Loan Office.  

As a Loan Officer, she takes pride in guiding families through the intricacies of the mortgage process, ensuring they find the best solutions for their specific needs. She genuinely cares about client financial well-being and remains committed to their success in their homeownership journeys.  

Beyond her role as a Loan Officer, Amanda actively engages with the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville, where she serves on the board of directors and is the membership committee chair. It's important to her to contribute to the industry and foster collaboration within her community.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

As a Loan Officer at Movement Mortgage is the opportunity to facilitate the realization of homeownership dreams. Guiding individuals and families through the mortgage process, I witness the joy and satisfaction on their faces when they step into their new homes, which is incredibly fulfilling. What makes my job even more inspiring is Movement Mortgage's commitment to giving back with each closed loan. We're not just focused on financial transactions; we're dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities we serve. This dual purpose of helping clients achieve their homeownership goals while simultaneously contributing to a greater societal good is what motivates me every day. 

In essence, my job is not just about facilitating mortgages; it's about being a part of a mission that uplifts lives and strengthens communities. That's what truly inspires me in my role. 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

The challenges I aim to tackle at the International Builder Show are primarily focused on personal and professional growth. Attending as many education workshops as possible is essential for staying updated on the latest industry trends, best practices, and innovative strategies. I want to absorb knowledge that I can apply in my role as a Loan Officer to better serve my clients and contribute to the success of my local association. 

Additionally, I'm eager to network and establish connections with industry partners. Building strong relationships with fellow professionals allows for collaboration and sharing of insights. By fostering these connections, I hope to bring fresh ideas and opportunities back to my local association, helping it grow and thrive. 

In summary, my goal at the International Builder Show is to gain knowledge, expand my network, and use these resources to make a positive impact on my local association and the broader industry. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

Wit beyond measure is a man’s greatest treasure. -Luna Lovegood 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

When I’m not working, my 7 year old keeps life exciting. His never-ending energy keeps us constantly entertained, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re all about simplicity and savoring our time together. Out tight-knit community is a big part of out lives, and we love the close connections we have built. We enjoy everything from trips to the park or museums to snuggling up with a good book or movie. 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

Parks and Recreation is my favorite show. Although not much time goes by without watching a Marvel or Harry Potter movie in our house! 

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman (she’s my fave)  

Bree Jones
Bree Jones
Age: 32

Maryland Building Industry Association

Parity Homes 

Bree Jones is the visionary founder of Parity, an equitable development company based in West Baltimore. Parity sparks upfront demand for affordable homeownership opportunities in neighborhoods experiencing hyper-vacancy by creating pathways for existing residents, families, friends and other social collectives to purchase formerly abandoned homes alongside each other, block by block, as a means of community- and wealth-building.   

Bree's work is grounded in the principle of Development Without Displacement: she believes we can revitalize historically redlined neighborhoods while ensuring that long-time residents can actively participate in and benefit from reinvestment efforts. Bree's work through Parity has garnered widespread recognition for its potential to drive systemic change. Publications such as the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Afro Tech, Fast Company, WYPR, Bustle and the Brookings Institute have highlighted Bree's accomplishments. Bree has also delivered a TED talk with her insights and ideas and gave a keynote speech at the Nantucket Project. She holds fellowships with Ashoka, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Open Society Institute, Fund for New Leadership and New Profit.  

Before launching Parity, Bree enjoyed a successful career in finance, alternative investments and venture capital. Her expertise encompassed deal structuring, capital raises, conducting due diligence and predictive analytics using big data.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

The most inspiring part of my job is feeling like doing something historic. 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

I’m excited to give my team the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

The best piece of advice would be, when you’re feeling imposter syndrome, just remember that what you’re doing has rarely been attempted; let alone, done successfully. 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

I enjoy gardening and collaging. 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

The Swan Princess and The Nightmare Before Christmas 

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

The Count of Monte Cristo 

Eliot Kahn
Eliot Kahn
Age: 35

The Home Building Association of Greater Portland

HumanKind Homes 

Eliot Kahn is the founder and CEO of HumanKind Homes. With a passion for understanding how to make things, he trained as a Mechanical Engineer with a concentration in Mechatronics, earning a degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.   

He spent his early career in advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, systems design and robotics, but wanted to work on more impactful projects to benefit those most in need. Being frustrated with the disparity between the cost and quality of his own housing and seeing the growing number of people experiencing shelter insecurity, he realized that improving how to build homes is where he could make the most impact.     

He switched careers to focus on building sciences and apply his knowledge of manufacturing processes to the construction industry. In 2018, he founded HumanKind Homes with a goal of using a systems-level approach to create an innovative design-manufacture-build process and bring affordable, sustainable and healthy homes to the market.   

Eliot moved to Portland to start the company with his cousin. He focuses on using engineering best practices to use innovative construction technologies.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

The most inspiring part of this has always been the feedback I receive when telling people about what we’re working on. People responding so positively and with such conviction that we need solutions like this makes it easy to keep going! 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

Coming from outside the industry brings both benefits and hurdles – attending an event like this provides an amazing opportunity to connect with and learn from folks with incredible amounts of industry knowledge. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. 

My personal motto is: Go big. Be Kind. 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

My daughter was born in September and spending time with her as she grows has been a true joy. Outside of time with my family, I enjoy rock climbing, playing games of all sorts, and cheering on the Portland Thorns! 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

My Cousin Vinny (I could probably quote the entire movie at this point!) 

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar.  

The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek and Shogun by James Clavell. 

Austin Katje
Austin Katje
Age: 31

Homebuilders Association of the Sioux Empire

Veldhouse Construction 

Austin Katje is the Director of Operations at Veldhouse Construction (VeldCo), a Sioux Falls SD residential and commercial builder. VeldCo builds custom homes and apartments in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.  

Having been involved in the trades from an early age, Austin eventually found his way back into the home building sector after a detour through manufacturing, accounting and industrial electrical pursuits. His passion for craftsmanship and promoting the trades as an equitable career to youth fuels his passions.  

VeldCo is a member of the HBA of the Sioux Empire. Austin serves on his local government affairs committee and workforce development committee.  

Austin enjoys spending time with his three young children and wife, working out or tinkering with a project at home while listening to construction-related podcasts.   

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Partnering with discerning homeowners to build houses that are not only visually and architecturally distinct, but healthy and high performing. 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

To continue learning what products and services exist outside of my market that can better our projects, as well as network with other builders who share the same passions as myself. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

“The way you do anything is the way you do everything.” – Martha Beck 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

Fishing, playing with my kids (ages 7 months to 5 yrs), and working on my old house. 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

Suits 

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

Podcast: The Modern Craftsman Podcast – Tyler Grace and Nick Schiffer. 

Book: Deep Work – Cal Newport 

Alex Milton
Alex Milton
Age: 23

Building Industry Association of Washington

A.S.K. Properties 

Alex Milton is the Vice President of ASK Properties, a family owned and operated General Construction Company. He specializes in building speculative homes and multifamily construction. Alex is a 4th generation builder in Pierce County Washington.    

His company is responsible for purchasing, designing, financing and constructing multifamily projects they hold as investments, while managing their owned and operated property management company.    

Alex has had passion for real estate and construction since he could mow the lawns and pick up trash at his mom and dad’s job sites. He grew up in the industry and is looking for his role and niche in an ever-evolving market.    

One of many things Alex is most proud of is the heart and mindset behind each new construction project his company leads. As a small family business, they care and pay close attention to every detail to ensure the highest quality.   

Alex enjoys hanging out with his wife and dog, golfing, hiking, or paddleboarding on a lake.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Being given a completely blank slate, and having the ability to put all the pieces together to build a project our family can be proud of. 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

I’d like to dive into the policy making behind restrictions being placed on developers.  It seems the government overreach as handcuffed many folks in the industry, and deters builders from the ability to build affordably. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Opportunity presents itself at the inopportune time” - My dad 

Col. 3:22–24 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

My wife and I like golfing, hiking, skiing, paddleboarding, working in our garden.  Also, playing with a black lab Ragnar. 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

Right now, it’s Suits on Netflix.  But I always like Seinfeld or almost anything with Will Ferrell 

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad, Poor Dad Series.  All the books and his podcast. 

Jessica Overcash
Jessica Overcash
Age: 32

Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association

Integrity Electric 

Jessica Overcash is the owner of Integrity Electric. After earning her degree, she started working alongside her father in his electrical company. Shortly after, Jessica became an owner in 2021. She was named the 2021 Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association Subcontractor of the Year.    

The founding principle of Integrity Electric is that all people are treated fairly and with respect. Jessica looks forward to continuing those values through her business and personal contributions to the community.     

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys playing trivia with friends, gardening, cooking, going to concerts and card nights with her family. She is a people person and has a habit of talking to strangers.    

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

I am in the unique position to help members of my community whether that be with everyday electrical issues, the aftermath of a category 5 hurricane or through the CDBIA’s Next Gen’s new non-profit ‘Hardhats for Hardships’.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

I am very excited to meet other young women in the construction field as well as learn about new products that I can bring back to my business in Florida.

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Do something for others because you want to, never expecting anything in return” -My momma 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

Gardening, baking, the beach and traveling the world! 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

Pearl Harbor! 

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

 Right now, Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros!  

Janna Pettegrew
Janna Pettegrew
Age: 33

Volusia Building Industry Association

ICI Homes 

Janna Pettegrew grew up backstage, her first introduction to design through sets and costumes. While her work in theatre is over, she enjoys combining her love for theatre and interior design by exploring historic architecture and global theatres.  

Janna started working in the home building industry 10-years ago as a designer for KB Home, but has thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of custom homes with ICI Homes for the past seven years.  

As Janna has grown in her career and the industry, she became the design center manager, assisted in designing award winning model homes and passed the NCIDQ exam, successfully earning an interior design license. 

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

I love assisting clients with making their dream homes become a reality and helping them visualize the possibilities through the designs of our model homes.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

 Since we have been building more model homes in the past couple years than I could ever remember, I am looking for new products or even new cutting edge installation methods. Sometimes the best designs are to take an older product and show case it in a new way. I am also really looking forward to attending classes in addition to the trade floor. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

Growing up in an arts family where my parents encouraged us to pursue our passions, they regularly repeated the quote to my brothers and me “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

When I am town, I can often be found hanging out with my dog at home or around town trying new restaurants. But what I truly enjoy the most is traveling and exploring new cities. I have a scratch off map and I’m always looking for where to plan my next adventure. 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

Pinpointing a favorite is tough, but the last movies I saw in theatres were Creed III and the Barbie movie. Two very different genres but both were incredible cinematic productions, and as a bonus the reason I saw Creed was because my older brother was a designer on the movie. 

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

I often listen true crime or watch way too many documentaries but I have also recently gotten back into reading where I enjoy a good James Patterson thriller or any mystery novel. 

Adam Riley
Adam Riley
Age: 34

Charlotte Desoto Building Industry Association

LTD Contracting LLC 

Adam Riley is the president of LTD Contracting, a custom home builder in Punta Gorda FL, which started in 2015. He is also the 2023 President of the Charlotte Desoto Building Industry Association, which is the 4th largest HBA in the State.  

He started his career in the construction industry as a young child when he would ride to job sites with his dad. That early exposure to the industry put the sawdust in his veins (figuratively, of course). From that point, Adam pursued a career in the construction industry.   

An early opportunity allowed him to get his feet wet in the commercial construction industry for six years until he started LTD Contracting with his college friend. His passions are continuing to help his community and bring the youth into the industry.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Knowing that the homes/remodels we are building or rebuilding will have a lasting impact on the families that live in them. 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

 I look forward in the education and networking with different vendors and individuals to bring those ideas and materials back to our community. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

“You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room, just surround yourself with them” -My Dad

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

 Spending time with my wife and little girl, fishing and golfing when I can. 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

Tiny House Nation

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

 The Bible

Nick Scaranda
Nick Scaranda
Age: 35

Home Builders Association of Metro Denver

D.R. Horton, Inc. 

Nick Scaranda was born in California, moved to Colorado as a kid and moved to Denver when he flew the coop of his mom's home. It was the beginning of Nick's industry journey.  

When he first moved to Denver with his to-be wife and daughter, he was an industrial hygienist monitoring asbestos in the soils of Stapleton Airport in 2009. Then, after a career change into new home construction, Nick started building homes as an assistant superintendent for a home builder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods.  

Nick found himself on top of the exact same dirt he drove and stood on while monitoring soils. He was part of the largest infill project in the U.S. at the time, pre- and post-construction, handing over new homes to buyers in 2018.   

Seeing this development unfold in front of him and underneath his feet was a great reminder of his impact on this earth. He's proud to help alleviate the U.S. housing shortage as a superintendent building new homes in the Denver Metro area. 

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Building homes, turning them over to the new owner and knowing what a positive change that is for folks is such an amazing thing to be a part of.  Showing a completed neighborhood to my friends or family, knowing I was a part of creating communities for hundreds of families similar to my own is like nothing else it's wonderful. 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

 Overcoming any shyness and learning alot as well as networking to the best of my ability.  I want to grow as a professional, and i imagine this experience will help in many ways. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

"Perfection is a goal, not a destination". - Marty Libanski 

I tend to be hard on myself so this helps alot.  Learning how to balance work/life is a very important subject to my success as a father and as a superintendent. 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

Being with my kids, being outside camping, looking up at the stars and Milky Way on a dark night, going on big vacations like Mexico, Panama, and Niagara Falls.  Getting out into nature is such a huge part of my daily excercise to relax and stay healthy. 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

"big city greens" is such a great family show i have to recommend it to everyone.  And "the Matrix" is likely the best movie of all time. :)

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

 I enjoy learning about finances, and the developing space industry, so any talks about that i'm in.  For books my most recent is " The subtle art of not giving a F*ck".  it's a great self help/ self learning  book. 

Holly Schneider
Holly Schneider
Age: 27

Wichita Area Builders Association

Ferguson Kitchen & Bath Gallery 

Holly Schneider is the showroom manager at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery in Wichita KS). Along with managing her team, she works closely with builders, designers, homeowners and other trade professionals in our region.   

When Holly moved to Wichita, she began attending events with the Wichita Area Builders Association. Holly was excited to get involved with local groups. She is also part of the Next-Gen, Remodelers and Professional Women in Building (PWB) committees.   

She is the most involved with PWB and has enjoyed networking and representing this group of women at the local area home show and various other events. Holly served as the sponsorship chair for the biggest local event of the year.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Getting to be a part of our customers journey in the building process and helping their ideas become reality. The relationships we build mean so much! We are often creating something together that will be a part of their lives forever and it is super rewarding seeing their final projects and how in love they are with their new space!

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

I am looking forward to exploring the new products and trends of our industry. Sometimes it feels as though being in the Midwest we are a bit slower to catch on to what is going on the coasts, and I believe I can bring back a lot of knowledge to our area. In addition to what is new in the building world, I am looking forward to networking with peers and learning ways to improve as a young leader in the industry, not only myself, but for our customers, business, and for future generations.

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. FIND ANOTHER WAY.”  - Satchel Paige 

As someone who has tried to plan her whole life to a tee, I’ve discovered that it doesn’t always go as expected. Finding another way to keep moving along to get to your goals is a must. 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOiNG WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. FIND ANOTHER WAY.”  - Satchel Paige 

As someone who has tried to plan her whole life to a tee, I’ve discovered that it doesn’t always go as expected. Finding another way to keep moving along to get to your goals is a must. 

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

The Skeleton Key – I love horror movies and all things New Orleans culture so this flick had me locked in. 

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

My windshield time per week is quite high so podcasts are my best friend. The current favorite is This Past Weekend with Theo Von. He has some knowledgeable guest where I have learned a thing or two from, but I also never stop laughing at Theo’s comments. 

Alison Simpson
Alison Simpson
Age: 30

Utah Valley Home Builders Association

Acute Engineering 

Alison Simpson is part-owner of and an engineer for Acute Engineering in Orem UT. Alison first got involved with the residential construction industry through a position at Acute Engineering during her undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University. What began as a simple summer job at a structural engineering firm became a passion for residential construction and design.  

She has since earned her master’s degree in structural engineering with an emphasis in structural design, participated in the research and development of seismic design criteria for structural timber frames and is a licensed professional engineer in Utah, Oregon and Washington.   

Alison loves to be a part of projects that will ultimately become an integral part of others’ lives. She has been a member of the Utah Professional Women in Building (PWB) since its inception in 2018. Alison was thrilled to participate in the design and engineering of The House That She Built. She currently serves as the 2023 President of the Utah PWB and is passionate about supporting and elevating other women in the industry.   

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Engineering is all about creating things and solving problems, and residential engineering is no different. I love helping to create homes that are not only beautiful and structurally sound but that will ultimately become such an integral part of others’ lives.  

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

I’m looking forward to learning more about new state-of-the-art building practices and materials that will help to make future housing developments more affordable and sustainable. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.“ - John Muir 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

I love hiking in the beautiful Utah mountains with my dog, and curling up with a good book and a warm cookie.   

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

Currently binge-watching The Rookie with Nathan Fillion 

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

True to my nerdier side, I have recently become a big fan of pretty much anything by Brandon Sanderson 

Ty Whitman
Ty Whitman
Age: 27

Home Builders of Greater Aiken - Augusta Region

Ivey Residential LLC. 

Ty Whitman is the purchasing/estimating assistant manager for Ivey Residential, a single family attached and detached homes and rental development builder. Working in construction purchasing and estimating has been a great learning experience for Ty for the last few years.   

His senior project gave him a start in construction during high school. The topic was energy efficiency in residential construction, which he thought was neat because he could build a model home to create his final product. Ty had no idea this project would lead to working with the same builder years later.   

His local HBA, Home Builders of the Greater Aiken Augusta Region, recently merged two local HBAs (Aiken SC and Augusta GA). Since the merger the HBA started a new education committee. Ty organizes the HBA ‘Lunch and Learn’ events. These events are for any construction professional, but mainly builders, and consist of two parts: a class led by a local vendor sales representative and a builder roundtable/Q&A with the vendor.  

SNAPSHOT Q&A
WHAT’S THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF YOUR JOB?

 Seeing our team grow and help buyers make their future home exactly the way that they envision. 

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU WANT TO TACKLE AT IBS?

I'd like to find a better way to manage time and see what other markets are doing to manage cost creep on production homes. 

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN OR A FAVORITE QUOTE?

 "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain 

Integrity is huge in Construction, it is what ultimately earns respect and will grant repeat customers.  

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

My wife and I bought a home built in 1978 so we have been slowly renovating it, we plan to completely demo and rebuild both of our full bathrooms this winter. When we aren’t working on a house project we are hanging out with our German shepherd and taking her to the lake.  

FAVORITE SHOW OR MOVIE?

I have a few favorite shows, but I'm currently stuck between Suits and MeatEater which are two very different shows, but they couldn't describe the love for my work and the outdoors any better. 

FAVORITE PODCAST OR BOOK?

My favorite podcast out right now has to be the Build podcast with Matt Risinger. or Dirt Talk with Aaron Witt. They both do a great job having guests on that explain the civil and vertical construction business. 

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